Boy, was that frustrating to watch. The Green Bay Packers managed to occasionally move the ball against a stout Baltimore Ravens defense, but they certainly couldn’t come through with a play when they needed one.
It started from the beginning. Quarterback Brett Hundley quickly drove the Packers inside the Ravens’ 10-yard line. On a 2nd-and-5, Hundley throws an ill-advised corner route to Randall Cobb that was jumped and intercepted by cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Terrible decision, worse call by Mike McCarthy. Run the football, Buffoon.
Next drive, Hundley panics and throws an ill-advised deep ball, which is easily picked off by safety Eric Weddle. Next drive, running back Devante Mays gets his first carry of the season and, of course, fumbles.
But to the point, before the turnovers, the Packers looked like they were able to move the ball. Those drives were five, six and seven plays, respectively. Of course, each resulted in diminishing returns in terms of yards. However, the Packers didn’t go three-and-out until their fourth drive.
At the half, the Ravens had a 13-0 lead, thanks to either some great defense by the Packers or pathetic offense of their own. That’s probably in the eye of the beholder. In terms of the Packers — the defense did their job.
They came up with three sacks, nine tackles for loss and an interception. Plus, they allowed Baltimore just 220 yards of offense and 16 points (not counting a garbage-time touchdown with 2:12 left). Should be able to win with an effort like that.
Except when your offense turns it over five times. Yes, Hundley added a fumble with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter. Did it really matter at that point? Not particularly, based on how the game had been going. He added another pick with 2:20 left in the game.
There was zero sign the Packers’ offense was going to turn it around in the second half.
So what was the problem, other than turnovers?
First of all, the offensive line wasn’t very good. The Packers started Justin McCray in place of Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. He couldn’t seem to handle anyone the Ravens lined up across from him and was eventually replaced by Jason Spriggs, who was also terrible. I wouldn’t say David Bakhtiari had one of his best games either.
That said, will someone tell Hundley to step up in the damn pocket?! The guy drops 5-7 yards back and just sits there. That makes it a hell of a lot easier for the edge rushers to get home or make the play break down.
Hundley was sacked six times.
Lastly, the Packers looked like they might be able to run the ball early, but nope. Jamaal Williams averaged just 3.2 per carry.
And just for a little bit of insult to injury, the Packers lost linebacker Clay Matthews to a groin injury and defensive tackle Kenny Clark to what appeared to be a serious knee or ankle injury.
If only the Packers could play the Chicago Bears each week for the rest of the season, they might have something. This Baltimore team isn’t very good, as their 4-5 (now 5-5) record indicated. THEY lost to the Bears earlier this season.
And now the Packers get the Pittsburgh Steelers. That should be a real laugher.